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(Note that the inspiration for this poem came from Laura Salas' "15 Words or Less" poetry challenge yesterday--and she has an awesome photo to share in yesterday's post: http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/245665.html)

Someday,
when pigs fly,
we’ll watch them
bob among the stars
from our own backyard.
We’ll lie on our backs
in soft green grass,
bellies filled with the warmth
of our favorite meal,
and stare sleepy-eyed at the sky
as a procession of swine
makes its way across the night.
They’ll swing their legs lazily,
propelling through the clouds.
Some will dive like portly swans,
rejoicing in their lightness;
some will somersault
like silly circus performers.
When pigs fly,
we’ll forget all about
the apartment on Pleasantview Lane,
where the view is not so pleasant
And the backyard does not exist
And the cupboards are nearly bare.
Someday,
when pigs fly.

Happy Friday! Happy Writing!

Visit the Teaching Authors blog for a complete list of Poetry Friday posts: http://www.teachingauthors.com/2010/11/poetry-friday-roundup-and-couple-of-dog.html

Comments

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mlyearofreading
Nov. 5th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
Yes, that flying pig at Laura's place was awesome! And obviously, inspiring!! I love how all the images in your poem turn back on themselves at the end.
jeniwrites
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I love participating in her 15-word poetry posts when I can. They're like a Thursday morning jump start. Hope you have a great weekend!
stephwooten
Nov. 5th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
Like, like, like!

Love, love, love!
jeniwrites
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, you are so SWEET. :) I nearly didn't post this one -- I was afraid I'd be the only one who liked it. You made my day!
olmue
Nov. 5th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
I LOVE that poem.
jeniwrites
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I had one of those Pleasantview Lane apartments when my son was little (he's a teenager now), and I remember what a thrill it was to buy a house with a backyard when he was 4. I'm so glad you liked this. Happy Friday!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 5th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
Nice! Loved the twist at the ending.
jeniwrites
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! Hope you have a great weekend!
blythe_woolston
Nov. 5th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
This is a sly and effective poem. First it enchanted me with those sweet and portly swan-diving pigs--then it reminded me that the pigs aren't winged just yet. Wonderful.
jeniwrites
Nov. 5th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm so tickled that you thought so. Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend!
amygreenfield
Nov. 5th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! I think Sweetpea would approve, too.
jeniwrites
Nov. 5th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Sweetpea could probably illustrate it quite nicely! :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
amyklv
Nov. 7th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
That "procession of swine...like portly swans" has a certain magic. I wish I could look up into tomorrow's sky and see this...well, I guess I can see it anytime since you've written it for us! There's hope here. Thank you!
jeniwrites
Nov. 13th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comments about my poem! You made my day. :) Have a great weekend!
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